Getting to Know You: Treasures from the Special Collections
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

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Join the Western New York Library Assistants Committee as we get to know the special collections of Buffalo & Erie County's Rare Book Room and the Buffalo Museum of Science. Amy Pickard, Rare Book Curator, and Kathy Leacock, Director of Collections, have specially selected unique items to show us and discuss. They will also answer questions.

Learn about the special collections in both institutions, and what they have to offer!

You will get a chance to view letters written by famous scientists, the Bishop jade Collection, a letter written by Thomas Jefferson, and a special sneak preview of Audubon's Viviparous Quadrupeds before its exhibition at the Central Library later this year!

Image from Audubon's Viviparous Quadripeds depicting a brown arctic fox and a white arctic fox side by side.

Arctic Fox (Vulpes Lagopus). Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, 1845.


Registrants will receive the Zoom link one day prior to the webinar.


Speaker Name:
Amy Pickard and Kathy Leacock
Speaker Bio:

Amy Pickard has been a reference librarian since 1999, a special collections librarian since 2006 and the Rare Book Curator since 2013 all at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.

The fortunate trajectory of this career has given Amy the privilege to shepherd some amazing collections and to share them with the community in various reference situations, through exhibits, online in different digital platforms and in presentations or opportunities like the one we have today!


Kathryn Leacock has degrees in Anthropology and Library Science from the University at Buffalo. She joined the staff of the Buffalo Museum of Science in 2003. She began her museum career as the Curator of the Charles Rand Penney Collection, a private collection in Western New York. Experience in the private sector in addition to public institutions provides Kathy with a well-rounded view of museums. Kathy also served as the Interim Director of Museum Studies at SUNY Buffalo State before returning to her true love of museum collections. Kathy is currently the Director of Collections at the Buffalo Museum of Science and Lecturer of Museum Studies at Buffalo State.

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